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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year

New Fundraising Group in memory of Thomas

A bereaved woman is remembering the husband she lost to a brain tumour during the pandemic, by setting up a Brain Tumour Research Fundraising Group in his name.

Following his diagnosis with an inoperable brainstem glioma in 2012, Thomas MacIntyre-Valentine underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He lived with the tumour for eight years, but tragically in February last year, the tumour started to spread. Thomas passed away on 9th June 2020, aged 30.

As part of Thomas’s legacy, his wife Sheira has set up a Fundraising Group called the Thomas MacIntyre-Valentine Memorial Fund, to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

She said: “Tom never thought he’d done anything worth remembering but I disagree. He was an extremely talented bass guitar player, artist and comic book illustrator. He was a wonderful person; non-judgmental and tolerant. He cared passionately about fighting discrimination. I want to make sure he’s remembered and the Fundraising Group will go some way to help ensure that happens, while raising money and awareness for this vital cause.”

Matthew Price, our Community Development Manager, said: “We are really grateful to Sheira for committing to setting up a Fundraising Group in Thomas’s name. I know she has some exciting plans to hold music events to fundraise for Brain Tumour Research and she will support us as we influence the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally. Increased investment in research is vital if we are to improve outcomes for patients and, ultimately, find a cure.”

To donate to Brain Tumour Research inspired by Thomas, please click here.

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